Speak Out: Testing Time Waster

fox-testing-test1.jpgIt’s hard to believe we’re halfway through another school year.What’s astounding, however, is how much time testing has eaten from our classroom schedules since winter break.

Since Jan. 7, teachers have given nearly 30 standardized tests, including the Dominie, given in grades 2–5; quarterly assessments given in grades 2–12, and the full-length OAT practice test, given ingrades 3–8.

 

At minimum, that’s 60 hours spent giving the tests, not to mention the hours spent teaching the test format through sample questions andpractice exercises and filling out paperwork. Teachers are frustrated by the enormous amount of testing; and our students are burnt out, also.Click on the jump below to read more. [Read more…]